Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Willis Byrd, 82 of County Road 123, Ozark, Ala., died Saturday morning, Oct. 23, 2004, at her home following a short illness.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 27, 2004, at Ozark Baptist Church with the Rev. Greg Aman and the Rev. Isom Hill officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memory Gardens. Her grandsons will serve as casket bearers. The family will receive friends at Holman Funeral Home in Ozark from 6 until 8 tonight. Mrs. Byrd will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time on Wednesday. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Wiregrass Hospice, 1970 East Andrews Ave., Ozark, AL, 36360.
Mrs. Byrd was a native of Ozark, Ala., where she and her husband owned and operated Byrd Grocery on Fort Rucker Highway for 10 years. She was a member of the Ozark Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her 'husband, Leonidas Byrd; her parents, Bertha Pas- cal Willis and James Erastus Willis; two sisters, Iva Griggs and Edna Chancey; and three brothers, Reverend Pruitte Willis, J.E. Willis Jr., and Pearson Willis.
Survivors include four daughters and two sons-in- law, Sarah Deann and George Medley and Mildred Alice Hice, all of Ozark, Ala., Gwendlyn Joyce and Chris Monroe, Bradenton, Fla., Margaret Sue Ward, of Enterprise, Ala.; two sons and daughters- in-law, James Leonidas and Marilyn Byrd, Orangeburg, S.C., and William Larry and Jane Byrd, Prattville, Ala.; two Sisters, Peggy Lewis, Montgomery, Ala., and Louise Chancey, Ozark, Ala.; three brothers, James Willis, Montgomery, Ala., Rymer Willis, Dothan, J. B. Willis, Panama City Fla.; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great- great-grandchild; and special care taker and friends, Miss Annie, Laura, Lynn, and Annie.
Mr. Elbert Junior Spivey, 78 of Ozark, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at Flowers Hospital in Dothan.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at First Assembly of Ozark with Pastor Greg Doss officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 at the funeral home.
Mr. Spivey was born April 2, 1926, in Slocomb, Ala., and he lived most of his adult life in Ozark. He was employed with Daughtry Lumber Company and B.F. Williams Construction Company.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellie B. Spivey and Della Spivey Gamble, and one brother, James Spivey.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mildred Odom Spivey; two sons and daughters-in-law, Pete and Dale Spivey of Ozark, and Charles and Penny Spivey of Dothan; two daughters and sons-in-laws, Faye and David Smith of Moss Point, Miss., and Peggy and Jim Harris of Ozark; 11 grand- children, Felicia Jones (Tim), Kelly Spivey (Peggy), Scott Spivey (Sherrie), Brandy Spivey, Richard Spivey, all of Ozark, Daniel and David Walker of Moss Point, Miss., Christi Johnson (Brandon) of Auburn, Steve Harris (Jenny) of Tuscaloosa, Chase Spivey of Dothan, and Megan Wells of Dothan; and eight great-grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers for Mr. Spivey will be his grandsons.
Mrs. Erma Lou Parrish, 87 of Midland City (Grimes Community), passed away Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, at the Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark with the Rev. David Grantham officiating. Interment will follow in Newton City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Mrs. Parrish was born in Dale County, Ala. on May 22, 1917, to the late Greer Miller and Mary Singleton Miller. She was a member of Mt. Zion Assembly of God.
Mrs. Parrish was preceded in death by her husband, Sollie Parrish, in November of 2003.
She is survived by her nephews and caregiver, Mr. Donald Webb and his wife Annette of Slocomb, and also by numerous other nieces and nephews and extended family.
Mrs. Fannie Rae Grantham Judah, 78 of 478 East Broad Street in Ozark, Ala., passed away on Monday afternoon, Oct. 18, 2004, at Flowers Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Asbury with the Rev. Dave Rhodes and the Rev. Andy Bryan officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Holman Funeral Home in Ozark from 6 until 8 tonight, Oct. 20, 2004. Mrs. Judah's body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time on Thursday. Pallbearers will be her male grandchildren. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1152 West Main St., Dothan, AL, 36301.
Mrs. Judah is survived by her husband of over 60 years, Herman Judah and her six children, Carole Taylor and her husband, Jim of Ozark, Ala., Sandra Wilkins of Ozark, Ala., Anita Cordell and her husband, Jerry of Ozark, Ala., Beverly King and her husband, Wade of Birmingham, Ala., Ozzie Judah and his wife, Ann of Dothan, and Richard Judah and his wife Mary Ellen of Huntsville, Ala. Fannie Rae Judah and her husband, Herman, were blessed with 17 grandchildren, Knox, Lee, Alan, and Andy McMillan, Mickey, Steve, and Laurie Wilkins, Tony, Paul, and Daniel Cordell, Jason King and Amie Zanaty, and Elizabeth , King, LeAnn Judah, and Preston, Grant and Maggie Judah.
A great-grandmother, Fannie Rae, delighted in her 16 great-grandchildren, Fuller and Eden McMillan, Anna and Allie McMillan, Mary Stuart, Knox and Sara Elizabeth McMillan, Mathu and Amber Wilkins and Allison Wilkins, Nathan and Emily Rae Cordell, Brasley Zanaty, and Aiden, Taylor and Jensen King.
Mrs. Judah was born in Dothan on May 7, 1926 and lived most of her life in the Wiregrass area of Alabama.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Preston and James Alma (Mama Jimmy) Grantham; and two brothers, Jerome and Jimmy Grantham.
Her surviving siblings are Dot Monk, Gerald (Jake) Grantham and his wife, Marie, Mary Ledbetter, Kenneth Grantham and his wife Yvonne and Georgia Sanko.
Family was the most important thing for Mrs. Judah. Her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews all felt the warmth of her loving care. Christmas was a magical time at Mrs. Judah's home. She expressed her childlike joy of the season with expansive decorations and special hand-made heirloom gifts for members of her family. She had a generous spirit and a loving heart. Her parting words to her children were "Y'all behave." She will be greatly missed.
Mrs. Myrtis J. Smith, 82 of Ozark, died Sunday Oct. 17, 2004, at her residence.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 20, 2004, from Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Peters and the Rev. Roger Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Peniel Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. tonight. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions to Wiregrass Hospice, 1970 East Andrews Avenue, Ozark, AL, 36360.
Mrs. Smith was a member of Harvest Freewill Baptist Church. She was employed with Ozark Health and Rehabilitation where she retired in 1976.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis Webster and Mamie Teal Herring; her husband, Perry Smith; one son, Johnny Franklin Smith; and three brothers:. Nelson Herring, Louie Frank Herring, and Eugene Herring.
Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Anne and Bill Heath of Cordova, Tenn.; Shirley and Kenneth Boatwright of Ozark; and Debbie German of Ozark; five sons and four daughters-in-law, Perry Junior Smith of Echo; Melvin and Linda Smith of Skipperville; Larry and Ella Smith of Phenix City; Billy and Tara Smith of Echo; and Jerry Allen and Kyla Smith of Phenix City; two sisters, Jimmie Ruth Miller and Mary Strickland, both of Ozark; one brother, Marion Herring, of
Opelika; 17 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Margaret Barefield, 83 of Skipperville, passed away Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004, at Ozark Health And Rehabilitation.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday Oct. 20, 2004, from New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. Dan Sheppard officiating. Interment will follow in the New Hope Church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 5-7 p.m. At other times the family will receive friends at the home of her son Mike Barefield at 258 Fairway Woods Drive in Ozark. Flowers will be accepted or Memorial Donations may be made to New Hope Baptist Church 4239 County Rd. 69 Newville, AL, 36353
Mrs. Barefield was a lifelong member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Surviving family includes a daughter, Sarah Jones, of Skipperville; sons, Mike Barefield (Linda), of Ozark; William Barefield, of Vero Beach, Fla.; Julian Barefield (Bonnie) of Bertha Community; Robert Barefield (Susan) of Dothan; Clifford Barefield (Carol) of Ozark; Richard Barefield (Elan) of Tuscaloosa; nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Asked to serve as pallbearers are, Dan Barefield, John Kelly, John Barefield, Eric Barefield, Chris Barefield, Lamar Galloway, Braxton Bell, Ronnie Williamson and Jared Barefield.
Mrs. Loraine Strickland Casey, 88 of Ozark, died Friday Oct. 15, 2004.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Chalkhead Baptist Church. The Rev. Tommy West, the Rev. and Mrs. Thaxton Whiddon, and the Rev. and Mrs. Ron Jackson will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery The family will receive friends at Chalkhead Baptist Church from 1:30 p.m. today until the service begins. At other times, the family will be at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph (Lucille) Godwin at 1084 Faust Ave. in Ozark.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Casey was faithful to her friends to her family and to her God. She was a person of great faith, and during the final days of her illness, she found death nothing to dread, but often called it her "promotion" to eternal life. She was blessed with the gift to be simple, unpretentious and "real." She had an incredible memory, and her family and friends from near and far would visit and talk with her about their family connections.
Mrs. Casey was born in Dale County to the late Emma Powers Strickland and Henry Caswell Strickland and was a ifelong resident of the Ewell Community. She was married for 19 years to the late S. M. Casey and was preceded in death by two sisters, Annie Bell Covington and Ruby Coon, and three brothers, Sidney, Henry D. and Comer Strickland.
Her survivors include one sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Joseph Godwin; two sisters-in-law, Robbie and Erwin Strickland; one step-granddaughter, Carolyn Alberson; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Casey would have appreciated memorial contributions to a charity, such as Wiregrass Hospice, 1970 East Andrews Ave. in Ozark, or to another charitable or religious organization meaningful to the contributor.
Mrs. Bernice Claire King, 48 of Ozark, Ala., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, at her residence.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, from Saint Johns Catholic Church with Father Charles McCabe officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends at the Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home from 6 to 8 Friday evening with a Rosary Service beginning at 7 p.m.
Mrs. King was born in Pennsylvania Feb. 14, 1956, and she was also a member of Saint Johns Catholic Church in Ozark, Ala.
She is survived by a loving husband, William King, Sr. of Ozark, Ala.; daughter, Sarah N. King of Ozark Ala.; son, James C. King and his wife, Crystal of Ozark, Ala.; sister, Delores Shawhan of Oregon; brother-in-law, Brad Stosik of California; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Leon M. "Mac" McSwain Jr., 77, of Ozark, died Saturday evening , October 10, 2004, in Dale Medical Center.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 12, 2004, in the Chapel of Holman Funeral Home in Ozark, with father Jack McLeester officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memory Gardens with full military honors, Holman Funeral Home of Ozark directing. The family will receive friends at Holman Funeral Home in Ozark from 6 until 8 p.m. tonight.
Mr. McSwain was a native of West Palm Beach, Fla., having lived in various locations while serving in the U.S. Navy. His service included World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He made his home in Panama City, Fla., following his retirement until moving to Ozark in 1993. Mr. McSwain was a member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Ozark.
Survivors include his wife, Bett McSwain, Ozark, three daughters, Judy Ekles, Panama City, Fla.; Sunni Jacobs and her husband, Johnny Ariton; and Tani Spears and her husband, Michael, Ariton; two sons, Richard McSwain and his wife, Dianna Newport, Wash.; and Michael Olive, Ozark, Ala.; one sister, Betty Culpepper and her husband, Sam, Smyrna, Ga. Twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive.
Amanda L. Mitchell responded to the call of our heavenly Father and quietly went to be with the Lord Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, in Southeast Alabama Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday from Northview Christian Church in Dothan with Pastor Hartley Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memory Gardens, Ozark, Ala., with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral home directing.
Ms. Mitchell was the daughter of Catherine M. Nichols and the late Luellen Williams was born Aug. 10, 1966 in Columbus, Ga. She received her education in the Ozark City School system, graduating from Carroll High School in 1984. Later she attended George C. Wallace Community College in Dothan, Enterprise Junior College in Enterprise and Troy University in Phenix City, receiving an associate of arts degree.
Amanda joined and was a faithful member of Northview Christian Church in Dothan. Amanda loved her churchand was a member of the hospitality committee. Amanda was a thoughtful neighbor, a dependable friend and ever willing to give an encouraging word and a helping hand. Her ready smile distinguished her as a person who enjoyed being with people. Amanda will be deeply missed.
Precious memories remain with those who loved her, including: one daughter and son, Tchernavia N. Mitchell and Marquis Rollins of Ozark; her mother, Catherine M. Nichols of Ozark; one granddaughter, Jada N. Fleming, of Ozark; her grandmother, Mary Mitchell of Phenix City; two brothers and one sister, the Rev. Gregory Williams, of Atlanta, Otis Williams and Lucketia Williams, Macon; one aunt, Bobbie Sandoval, of Phenix City; two uncles, Eddie Mitchell and Robert Mitchell,
of Phenix City; two great aunts and two great uncles in Columbus, Ga; one great uncle in Detroit and a host of cousins and friends.
Mrs. Dorothy Carter Parker, 73 of Ozark, Ala., died Friday morning, Oct. 8, 2004, at her home following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11, 2004, at Westview Heights United Methodist Church with the Rev. Phil Craddock officiating. Burial will follow in Westview Cemetery with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home directing. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer
Society, 2346 W. Main St., Dothan, Ala., 36303 or to Covenant Hospice, 207 W. Adams St., Dothan, Ala., 36303.
Mrs. Parker was born Dec. 28, 1930, in Dale County, Ala., to the late Mr. and Mrs. Oscar James Carter. She received her elementary and high school education in Dale County, graduating from Dale County High School. She completed Riley Business College in Dothan and was employed with civil service at Fort Rucker, Ala., until 1955. At that time, Mrs. Parker left to assist in the family business, R.R. Parker and Son Construction Company. Mrs. Parker was a graduate of the Holiday Inn University and was employed as General Manager and Executive Housekeeper of the Holiday Inn in Ozark for more than 26 years. She traveled extensively in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, establishing and opening new Holiday Inns for Larry Bloomberg and Associates. "Ms. P " as she was affectionately called by her co-workers, truly loved her work and served as an inspiration for all who had the privilege of working with and learning from her.
She retired April 29, 2003. She was a charter member of Westview Heights United Methodist Church where she taught elementary Sunday School classes for many years. Mrs. Parker had a passion for decorating and catering. She catered many weddings and social events in Ozark and Southeast Alabama for many years. But her greatest passion of all came from loving and nurturing her family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Richard Edward (Ed) Parker I; a brother, Marvin Britt Carter Sr.; and an infant grandson.
Survivors include her daughter, Randy Parker Matthews, and her husband, Elec Matthews; two sons, Eddy Parker, and his fiancÚ Tammy Mathis, and Bob Parker and his wife, Kim Hughes Parker all of Ozark; two sisters, Jewel Carter Hutto and Maxine Carter Teal, Ozark; two granddaughters, Ellie LaShae Parker and Amy MaLysa Parker; two grandsons, Robert Carter Parker II and Richard Landon Parker of Ozark. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Glenn Hill Hutcheson, 93 of Ozark passed away Wednesday Oct. 6, 2004, at his home.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Adams-Brown Funeral Home in Albertville, with interment to follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Albertville. Visitation will be Sunday from 5-8 p.m.
Mr. Hutcheson was born on Aug. 28, 2911 in Cedartown, Ga. He was the son of Henry F. Hutcheson and Sadie Kimball Hutcheson. Mr. Hutcheson was a devote Christian, having been an elder in the Crestview Church of Christ in Boaz, and was a member of the Ozark Church of Christ at the time of his death.
Mr. Hutcheson was a veteran, having served in the Alabama National Guard and regular army for 32 years. He served with honor during WWII and the Korean conflict, retiring in 1961 with the rank of master sergeant. He was also retired from the U.S. Postal Service, having worked at the post office in Albertville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the above mentioned churches.
Mr. Hutcheson was preceded in death by his parents, his stepmother, Evelyn Waters Hutcheson, his wife of 67 years, Flara Grimes Hutcheson, and granddaughter, Stephanie Hutcheson Wood.
Survivors include a son, Kenneth Hutcheson and wife, Nadene, Golden, Colo., a son, Ronald Hutcheson and wife, Diane, Ozark; brother, Boyd, Washington, D.C.; a sister, Vassie Hutcheson Bryant and husband, J.C., Albertville; a grandson, Brett Hutcheson and wife, Teresa, Dothan; a granddaughter, Holly Hutcheson Curtis and husband, Sam, Denver; a grandson-in-law, Joseph Wood, Ozark; great-grandchildren, Zachary Wood, Anna and Brooke Hutcheson, Krista Curtis, Samantha and Chelsea Miller; and special friend and caregiver, Pat McKnight, Ozark.